The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.

Friends Organization


Established in 2006, the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance (IWRA) is the official Friends organization for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. IWRA is an independent, donor-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the mission and purposes of the refuge by working through partnerships to protect, conserve, and manage the refuge’s wildlife and habitats. The Alliance provides vital services to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge such as community outreach, habitat restoration, special events support, advocacy, and fundraising. Additional information about IWRA can be found at:

IWRA's Executive Director, Joann Van Aken, can also be reached at or phoned at (734) 692-7671

International Wildlife Refuge Alliance
Large Lakes Research Station,
9311 Groh Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Phone: 734- 692-7671;
Fax: 734-692-7603;

Download the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance Brochure 




For a complete list of Refuge partners, click HERE.




Detroit Audubon Society

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Detroit Zoological Society

Downriver Walleye Federation

DTE Energy

Ducks Unlimited

Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Protection Agency

Ford Motor Company

Friends of Detroit River

General Motors

Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority


Metropolitan Affairs Coalition

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Sea Grant

Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival

The Nature Conservancy

The Stewardship Network

University of Michigan

University of Michigan – Dearborn

Waste Management

Wayne County Parks Department

Wayne State University


Consulate General of Canada

Environment Canada

Essex Region Conservation Authority

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

University of Windsor

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